It is evident to our readers that truck accidents are a serious matter. We know that these are large vehicles in height and weight often traveling at very fast speeds in busy areas, like interstates. However, consider when an accident involves more than one large truck with these same conditions present. That makes an accident even more serious and dangerous, with a greater risk of potentially life-changing injuries for those involved..
Consider recent events in Coal City that were reported by CBS Chicago. The accident, occurring on Interstate 55, involved not one, but two semi-trucks. The accident resulted in one fatality when two semi-tractor-trailer trucks collided and one of the semi-trucks caught fire as a result of the accident. The accident shut down traffic in both directions. One semi-truck was carrying food, and the other was carrying automotive parts. Photos from the accidents show debris and the vehicles strewn about the interstate in both directions and on both sides of the median, exemplifying how serious the collision was.
While the cause of this truck accident is unknown at the present time, there are many common reasons that truck accidents occur, often involving negligence on the part of one or more drivers. Many accidents involve distracted drivers, fatigued and sleep-deprived drivers, intoxicated drivers, overloaded or unsafe trucks, and hit-and-run accidents.
Truck accidents are not only frequent in Illinois though, but they are common all across the United States. According to research by the U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2012 alone, there were 3,921 people killed in accidents involving large trucks, and 104,000 people were injured. In addition, 333,000 large trucks were involved in traffic crashes across the country that year. The number of fatalities increased by 4 percent from 2011 as well. Approximately three-quarters of the time, the injured victims were occupants of other vehicles, not the large trucks. However, despite the large number of accidents, large trucks only accounted for 4 percent of all registered vehicles in 2012, which is less than half of the percent of the total accidents they caused.
Furthermore, like the accident described above, multiple vehicle truck accidents were also not uncommon, according to the same research. In the year 2012, large trucks were more likely to be involved in serious fatal multiple-vehicle accidents as opposed to fatal single-vehicle crashes, like those that passenger vehicles are often involved in.
The attorneys have seen the devastation caused by large truck accidents.. All too often these accidents are caused by driver negligence when one or more parties fail to follow the rules of the road and unnecessarily put others on the road in danger. And unfortunately all too often these incidents are preventable. If you are the victim of a truck accident where another party was negligent, remember that you have legal options. Negligent wrongdoers be held accountable and responsible for the accident and resulting injuries to others. Remember that you have rights, and that through legal action, you can obtain the justice that you deserve for your pain and suffering.